The external financing environment facing developing countries has brightened. In 2003, as global growth gained momentum, private capital flows to developing countries increased to $200 billion – their highest level in five years. Harnessing these gains to promote long-term investment and growth is the key theme of Global Development Finance 2004.
By providing a comprehensive review of recent trends in and prospects for all development-related flows (including debt, equity, official aid, and workers’ remittances), Global Development Finance 2004 enables government officials, economists, investors, financial consultants, academics and policymakers in the development community to better understand, manage, and promote the key challenge of financing development in today’s globalized environment.
I: Analysis and Summary Tables reviews recent trends in financial flows to developing countries and assesses the global outlook in light of the recent economic recovery. It highlights sources of vulnerability and risk in the recovery in private flows, notably the likely increases in interest rates in the advanced economies, volatility in major currencies and financial markets stemming from large global current-account imbalances, and fears of policy slippages in macroeconomic management in developing countries.
II: Summary and Country Tables includes comprehensive data for 136 countries that report under the World Bank Debtor Reporting System, and summary data for regions and income groups. It contains data on total external debt stocks and flows, aggregates, and key debt ratios, and provides a detailed, country-by-country picture of debt.